What Does a Chimney Sweep Do, Exactly?

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The answer to this question varies from person to person. Some chimney sweeps simply clean and inspect chimneys where others make minor chimney repairs and handle dryer vent cleaning as well as other fire prevention work. Here are some of the services we offer our clients:

  • Reline Chimneys – the chimney flue becomes cracked or otherwise damaged over time and must be repaired to prevent smoke and dangerous gases from entering the home.
  • Troubleshoot Fireplaces and Wood Stoves – fireplaces and wood stoves must be in proper working condition before you start the first fire of the season. Problems with them can put your home at risk of a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Troubleshoot Flues – the flue, or the lining of the chimney, should be smooth and damage-free. You should be able to see from top to bottom with no obstructions. A damaged flue can allow smoke and dangerous gases to enter your home.
  • Inspect the Chimney Structure – the chimney structure itself should be in good repair and strong with a secure flashing, crown, and cap. We make sure all parts are in place and working properly.
  • Make Minor Masonry Repairs – masonry chimneys need attention from time to time. They may need some spalling repaired or need to be repointed; we take care of those minor repairs in a timely manner.
  • Waterproof Masonry Chimneys – a masonry chimney can take a lot of damage from the elements. Rain penetrates the masonry and the brick as well. Freezing weather causes the water to freeze and expand and crack or break the bricks. Waterproofing should be done as needed in order to prevent elemental damage to the chimney structure.
  • Work with Historic Chimneys – the fireplaces and chimneys at Baldwin School, for example. We often work with local historic buildings to ensure that the chimneys are safe and ready for use.
  • Work with Realtors for a Level 2 Chimney Inspection – the transfer of property requires a level 2 chimney inspection. Home inspectors do not provide this type of inspection.
  • Dryer Vent Cleaning and Inspection – the clothes dryer is responsible for more than 15,000 house fires per year. A quick inspection of the dryer vent tells us a lot about whether your dryer hose and vent are suitable for daily use.

When We Aren’t Working…

Lou Curley’s Chimney Service is a locally owned and operated, family owned small business in Drexel Hill, PA. When we aren’t working we’re either relaxing and enjoying family time or continuing our education so we can better serve our clients. We are CSIA certified, FIRE Certified, NFI Certified, IAFCI Certified, C-DET Certified, and licensed contractors for work in the state of Pennsylvania. We provide chimney and dryer vent services throughout the surrounding area. Call us at 610-626-2439 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified chimney sweeps.

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